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<br>By Amir Johnson <br>
 
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<br> Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA for short, is a Gram-positive cocci-shaped (spherical) bacterium that measures approximately 1μm in diameter and forms clusters that are popularly described as being grape-like. <ref name=sadef>[https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6148192/#B1 Lakhundi, S., & Zhang, K.  https://doi.org/10.1128/CMR.00020-18 "Methicillin-Resistant <i>Staphylococcus aureus<i>: Molecular Characterization, Evolution, and Epidemiology." 2018. Clinical microbiology reviews, 31(4), e00020-18.]</ref> S. aureus is present on and within the bodies of many individuals asymptomatically, and as a result of this it often remains unnoticed. According to studies around 20% of people are persistent nasal carriers of S. aureus and around 30% are intermittent carriers, with the remaining 50% not carrying the bacterium. Other than within the nose, S. aureus can be commonly seen present on the skin, skin glands, guts, and mucous membranes in general.  <br>
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<br> Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA for short, is a Gram-positive cocci-shaped (spherical) bacterium that measures approximately 1μm in diameter and forms clusters that are popularly described as being grape-like. <ref name=sadef>[https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6148192/#B1 Lakhundi, S., & Zhang, K.  https://doi.org/10.1128/CMR.00020-18 "Methicillin-Resistant <i>Staphylococcus aureus<i>: Molecular Characterization, Evolution, and Epidemiology." 2018. Clinical microbiology reviews, 31(4), e00020-18.]</ref> S. aureus is present on and within the bodies of many individuals asymptomatically, and as a result of this it often remains unnoticed. According to studies around 20% of people are persistent nasal carriers of S. aureus and around 30% are intermittent carriers, with the remaining 50% not carrying the bacterium. <ref name=sadef/> Other than within the nose, S. aureus can be commonly seen present on the skin, skin glands, guts, and mucous membranes in general.  <br>
 
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Revision as of 23:25, 7 April 2021

What is MRSA?

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By Amir Johnson

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA for short, is a Gram-positive cocci-shaped (spherical) bacterium that measures approximately 1μm in diameter and forms clusters that are popularly described as being grape-like. [1] S. aureus is present on and within the bodies of many individuals asymptomatically, and as a result of this it often remains unnoticed. According to studies around 20% of people are persistent nasal carriers of S. aureus and around 30% are intermittent carriers, with the remaining 50% not carrying the bacterium. [1] Other than within the nose, S. aureus can be commonly seen present on the skin, skin glands, guts, and mucous membranes in general.

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Hospital-Associated MRSA

Community-Associated MRSA

MRSA cases by race, stratified by quartiles of US census data pertaining to income, housing, education, and health. Cases are depicted in increasing quartiles of census data, per 100000 persons for white (white bars) and black (black bars) persons. [4]

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